Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Telescoping Neck
• Hinged Long Neck (will be explained below)
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Right Shoulder Armor
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinged Knees
Accessories: Prophet’s Bane Energy Sword
Cost: $15 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail

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The Arbiter comes is a much wider box than the standard 12 inch Mattel figures. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
The Arbiter comes with his Prophet’s Bane Energy Sword.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Promethean Officer

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Elbows
• Hinge/Swivel Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinged Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Of note, the Promethean Officer does not have the standard Bicep, Thigh and Torso joints as the other figures in this series do.
Accessories: Splinter Turret (Full name: Z-520 Encounter-Mitigation System)
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual, Build-a-Figure Grunt Ultra left and right arm pieces
Cost: $18-20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Kmart.

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The Promethean Officer is seen holding the unassembled Splinter Turret through the window. It’s back armor pieces is off to the side. The Build-A-Figure Grunt Ultra arms are in plain view. This is a departure from the series previously. The build-a-figure pieces had always been obscured by graphics on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Grunt.
Seen left to right on the back for the figures in series 2 are:
ODST, Spartan Tanaka, Elite Warrior, Master Chief (a direct repackage from series 1, but now with the new Grunt build-a-figure piece), Promethean Officer, Atriox (also a direct repackage, but with the Grunt build-a-figure piece).

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Fred

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: DMR
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
Fred comes with a standard DMR. It’s hard to see through the front panel but, is clearly shown on the back of the box.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 8

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 8

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting and building, each.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 18 to 25 depending on figure. See pics below for exact count for each figure.
Minifigures: Jackal Minor, Spartan Recruit with “Proven” (Flame) skin, Master Chief Mark V armor with Cryo Freeze details, Spartan Emile, Spartan Centurion “Ironside” skin, Dr. Halsey
Weapons: Respective to the order of figures above. Orange Needler, SMG with “Master Control” skin, Assault Rifle, Shotgun w/Kukri Knife, Battle Rifle “Bloodthirst” skin
Accessories: Buildable Figure Stand with post (each), Personal Energy Shield (Jackal), Cortana micro figure (Halsey)
Special Features: Translucent mottled light blue Baseplate for each figure stand with this series
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail) Each

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As with each Halo Heroes Series before, there are 6 figures in this series.

Right to left here for Series 8 we have: Jackal Minor, Spartan Recruit with “Proven” (Flame) skin, Master Chief Mark V armor with Cryo Freeze details, Spartan Emile, Spartan Centurion “Ironside” skin, Dr. Halsey Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Elite Warrior

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Elbows
• Hinge/Swivel Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinged Knees
• Hinged Ankles
Accessories: Fuel Rod, Plasma Pistol
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual, Build-a-Figure Grunt Ultra Torso piece, 2 pins for attaching weapons
Cost: $18-20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Kmart.

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The Elite Warrior is seen through a window holding a Plasma Pistol. The Build-A-Figure Grunt Ultra torso is in plain view. This is a departure from the series previously. The build-a-figure pieces had always been obscured by graphics on the front of the box.
The armor is removable, though for the Elite, all the armor is on the figure instead of the usual partial armor off seen through the window of other figures in this series.
The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Grunt.

Seen left to right on the back for the figures in series 2 are:
ODST Buck, Spartan Tanaka, Elite Warrior, Master Chief (a direct repackage from series 1, but now with the new Grunt build-a-figure piece), Promethean Officer, Atriox (also a direct repackage, but with the Grunt build-a-figure piece).

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Wrath

Before we start, it should be noted that this figure is essentially Emile from Noble team of Halo Reach, just not in the proper colors.

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: Shotgun
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
The Spartan Wrath comes with a Shotgun. It’s hard to see through the front panel but, is clearly shown on the back of the box. The knife on it’s shoulder is not removable.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Operation Ocean Breaker Drop Pod

Mega Construx Operation Ocean Breaker Drop Pod

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 3 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 58
Minifigures: ODST (White with Blue details)
Weapons: Shotgun
Accessories: x1 Figure stand
Special Features: Pod door pops open when pod is dropped (bottom end first) onto a hard surface, folding airbrakes
Cost: $10 US (Mass Retail)

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The packaging displays the door pod and figure quite well. On the back, you see how the drop pod door’s explosive opening happens. It’s a cool feature. Though you don’t need to slam it as hard as it may seem to show.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Tanaka

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Biceps
• Hinge/Swivel Elbows
• Hinge/Swivel Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Thighs
• Double Hinged Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: DMR, Magnum, Build-a-Figure Grunt Ultra Head piece
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $18-20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Kmart.

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Spartan Tanaka is seen through a window with some of her armor removed and holding her DMR. The Build-A-Figure Grunt Ultra Head is in plain view. This is a departure from the series previously. The build-a-figure pieces had always been obscured by graphics on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Grunt.
Seen left to right on the back for the figures in series 2 are:
ODST Buck, Spartan Tanaka, Elite Warrior, Master Chief (a direct repackage from series 1, but now with the new Grunt build-a-figure piece), Promethean Officer, Atriox (also a direct repackage, but with the Grunt build-a-figure piece).

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Hunter (Orange)

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: DMR
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

This is a recolor of the previous 12 inch Spartan Locke figure. I had to check, and yes indeed, the big swish on the chest is the alternate skin for this armor.

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Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
The Spartan Hunter comes with a black DMR. It’s hard to see through the front panel but, is clearly shown on the back of the box.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Power Pack – Rocket Boost

Mega Construx Power Pack – Rocket Boost

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 31
Minifigures: Translucent Orange Pathfinder Spartan
Weapons: Rocket Launcher (SPNKR Prime skin), DMR (Blue Steel skin), Battle Rifle (Fade skin)
Accessories: Orange muzzle flash (can be attached to DMR or BR), attachable scope for DMR, silencer for BR, Figure stand
Special Features: REQ station opens/closes and stores weapons
Cost: $7 US (Mass Retail)

Okay, before we move on, yes, Mega took a little liberty here with having a Rocket Boost set as there isn’t a Rocket Boost in-game. Perhaps this was to be in the game, but got cut? We won’t know, unless 343 tells us. I for one am NOT complaining though. This is a GREAT set. Read on and find out why!!!

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The window shows the figure, weapons and REQ station nicely. The back shows 3 of the other 4 in this series of Power Packs. (MIssing is the Purple Speed Boost set)

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Kelly

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Biceps
• Hinge/Swivel Elbows
• Hinge/Swivel Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Thighs
• Double Hinged Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Oathsworn Shotgun, Magnum, Build-a-Figure Crawler Snipe Head piece
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $18-20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us. (I bought this back before they closed, just now getting the review for it up though.)

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Spartan Kelly is seen through a window with some of her armor removed. You can also see Oathsworn, (a rare NAMED weapon, in this case a shotgun), as well as the magnum. The Build-A-Figure Crawler Snipe Head is mostly hidden behind a graphic on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 1. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Crawler. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Athlon (Green)

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: Assault Rifle
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
This Spartan Athlon comes with a grey assault rifle. It’s hard to see through the front panel but, is clearly shown on the back of the box.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Operation Bronze Cobra Drop Pod

Mega Construx Operation Bronze Cobra Drop Pod

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 3 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 57
Minifigures: ODST (Tan with Silver details)
Weapons: Rocket Launcher
Accessories: x1 Figure stand
Special Features: Pod door pops open when pod is dropped (bottom end first) onto a hard surface, folding airbrakes
Cost: $10 US (Mass Retail)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The packaging displays the door pod and figure quite well. On the back, you see how the drop pod door’s explosive opening happens. It’s a cool feature. Though you don’t need to slam it as hard as it may seem to show.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Fred

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: DMR, Magnum, Build-a-Figure Crawler Snipe Back piece
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $18-20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us. (I bought this back before they closed, just now getting the review for it up though.)

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Spartan Fred is seen through a window with some of his armor removed. You can also see the DMR, which is attached to the inside of the box, as well as the magnum, which Fred is holding. The Build-A-Figure Crawler Snipe back piece is partially hidden behind a graphic on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 1. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Crawler. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch UNSC Marine

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: ARC-920 Rail Gun
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
With the UNSC Marine, comes a Rail Gun. It’s hard to see through the front panel but, is clearly shown on the back of the box.

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